Iraq faces the risk of warlordism that Afghanistan went through for a period.

If warlords cared about etymological niceties, they might be the first to decry the mutation of their evocative title into a bland bureacratic “ism.” These guys aren’t political theorists; they’re the commanders …

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Chasing the Austerlitz ideal

The enduring quest for decisive battle

At 10 o’clock in the morning Dec. 2, 1805, a few miles west of the Austrian town of Austerlitz, the main weight of the Austro-Russian forces …

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What shipbuilding crisis?

These are bountiful days in U.S. shipyards, but the industry may be steaming into rough seas

After a decade-long decline in U.S. military shipbuilding budgets, from $11.5 billion in 1991 outlays to …

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Who is Steve Cambone?

A look at Rumsfeld’s right-hand man

On a Tuesday afternoon in January, Stephen Cambone, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, sat in his spacious but Spartan E-ring office in the Pentagon, contemplating …

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Understanding strategy: A delicate dance

America must learn to comprehend China’s culture and tactics

It was often said during the Cold War that the Soviet Union had a hard time understanding the United States. There was a …

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To President Bush

The courtship of India was begun by President Clinton, but the Bush Administration has brought what is potentially the most important strategic partnership of the coming century to the point of consummation. …

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In this issue

I’ve known Stephen Cambone for a number of years. We’ve disagreed about a lot of issues. I’ve heard people in the Pentagon say a lot of nasty things about Steve. I’ve also …

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An imperiled mission?

President’s visit to Afghanistan fails to ease concerns for future

Interrupting his long-planned trips to India and Pakistan for a “surprise” March 1 visit to Kabul, President Bush reiterated the U.S. commitment …

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Plan for growth

China’s surface fleet modernization fits Beijing’s appetite for sea power

During 2005, the Chinese government noisily celebrated the 600th anniversary of the voyages of the fabled Adm. Zheng He. At home and …

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Bloodless theories, bloody wars

Easy-win concepts crumble in combat

During the Second World War, American and British air-campaign planners attempted to force the Nazi war machine into collapse by attacking crucial links in Germany’s national infrastructure. …

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